Animated GIFs on your iPad

An Animated Gif is a series of photographs that are contained within the one file in order to create an illusion of movement. The Graphics Interchange Format ( GIF) has been in existence since 1987 but has only really found favour on the internet in the last couple of years. Many websites actually use GIFs as part of their banners in order to create movement and interest in an otherwise static webpage. GIFs can be created to illustrate a single action at which point the animation ceases or they can be produced to create an infinite loop. Here are a couple of GIF creators for iOS in order to explore the possibilities of GIFs in your classroom, on your website or even just as an illustration of a concept. Enjoy!

Note: The GIF above was created by one of my students using an online tool called and not an iOS app

Echograph: FREE
Echograph is a storytelling medium made for iOS. Explore new possibilities in animated photography. Created by artists for artists. Share your Echographs directly to Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. Download your Echographs from iTunes for use in Final Cut, Keynote, iBooks Author, or HTML5.

GifBoom: FREE
Gifboom lets you capture and share your moments. It’s simple, fast and effortless to create amazing clips with added features. Gifboom combines video and gif editing with social networking features. Multiple capture modes: Stop Motion, Burst, Auto and Timer as well as dozen of vintage real time filters.

Moquu: FREE
Animate your photos! Create animated GIFs and share them with ease! Moquu helps you simplify the way you do and lets you focus on your creative side to create fantastic loops. On top of that, with our unique MultiMe feature you’re going to be able to impress your friends with awesome multilayered photos.

Gif Camera: FREE
Top #10 Photography App in more than 50 countries! Shot pics into GIF animations, and easily share to social media. Tap the screen and capture frames from camera, one by one. Tap the play button at any time, to preview your GIF. Feel free to adjust the speed as your animation is playing. Save or share it!

GifMill: FREE
GifMill lets you create animated GIFs and share them via social media. Make animated GIFs with photos from your Camera Roll or take video or photos with your device camera. Adjust the frame speed, and rearrange and delete frames. Save GIFs to your device, or share it via email, text message, Tumblr or Twitter.

Gifmator: FREE
Ever wondered how to create Gif images. The kinds that move and repeat themselves? Have you made one of them and wondered how you could put some nostalgic creativity into them? Gifmator is your answer. Gifmator is an easy way to create animated GIFs on all iOS enabled devices.

GifNic: FREE
Gifnic lets you shoot animated Gifs just like taking pictures. Add filters and text, and share with your friends. Shoot Gifs like you would shoot a regular photo or by pressing and holding the shutter button. I like the ability to save your Gifs directly to your dropbox or Google Drive folders.

GifBox: $0.99 AU
gifBox is a powerful tool for converting videos into custom animated GIFs. With gifBox, animated GIFs are super easy to send to share with your friends. Include Text Message, Email, on Facebook or even on Twitter. It’s simple and fun to use. No sign up or registration. Give it a try, we think you’ll like it.

GifQuick: $1.99 AU
Gifquick is the quickest and easiest way to share animated GIFs. With Gifquick you can share and play animated GIFs on Facebook!  Direct GIF URLs allow you to easily share your GIF just about anywhere: SMS, Message, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, WordPress, your web site – anywhere you can post an image.

Giffer Pro: $4.49 AU
Giffer Pro provides double length longer GIFs. The best part about Giffer Pro is its powerful simplicity. Advanced features are there when you need them, yet unobtrusive enough to let you create a simple GIF in just a few taps. Create virtually any kind of GIF format available.

Venn Diagrams on the iPad

Graphic Organisers apps for iOS are few and far between. There are some good Venn Diagram apps but the overall choice is very limited. I would love to see more Graphic Organiser apps developed for iOS so students can take advantage of the structure they afford. This structure is helpful for all students but especially those students who struggle in particular areas – organisers and venn diagrams can give them the ability to at least have a format for their responses. Here are a couple of Venn Diagram apps that you can evaluate for use with your own students.

Venn Diagram: FREE
This app allows users to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. Users identify and record concepts that can be placed in one of the circles or in the overlapping areas, allowing them to organize their information logically. The finished Venn diagram can be emailed or saved.

Venn Diagram Maker: $0.99 AU
Venn Diagram Maker allows students to make simple venn diagrams and send them to their teachers via email. Students can create, edit, save, and delete venn diagrams. Features Autosave so you don’t have to worry about losing work and the ability to email the diagram, You can also save, edit, and delete charts.

Draw Venn for iPad: $1.99 AU
Draw Venn is ideal for making Venn Diagrams. Dozens of standard symbols make you instantly productive diagrams. A Venn diagram is an illustration of Comparisons and analyze of information in a system. Describe and compare attributes and characteristics of items (things, people, places, events, ideas, etc.)

Draw Smart: $1.99 AU
Now preparing flow charts, diagrams and presentations is way too easy and consumes minimum amount of time. This application can mainly be used for making diagrammatic models. Draw Smart helps you to become more effective, productive and profitable within minutes.

Lekh Diagram: FREE
Lekh Diagram can be used to make diagrams, flow chart, organizational chart, business process diagram, venn diagrams, mind maps and any kind of illustrations. Draw shapes and connections by dragging your finger on iPad and the Lekh Diagram will recognise drawing and convert them into diagrams.

Kidspiration Maps Lite: FREE
Work with up to five diagrams to create maps, edit and stylize content, transform diagrams to outlines, and try out the built-in activities. Kidspiration Maps helps young readers and writers learn to organise and classify information, gain sight word knowledge and expand their ideas into written expression.

Class Handouts: $0.99 AU
This is a simple application designed to assist Grade school to University Teachers in replacing typical paper handouts of Venn Diagrams, T Charts, 3 Column Charts, and 4 Column Charts with the iPad and email. The student fills in any of the provided iPad enabled handouts.

Chart Attacks: $2.99 AU
Chart Attack lets you create and share charts and graphs in minutes! Create your own funny Chart Attacks and share them with your friends! Creating pie charts, line charts, column charts and venn diagrams has never been easier. Vote for Chart Attacks, share them with your friends and create your own Chart Attacks to earn rewards. The best Chart Attacks are rewarded too!

Grafio Lite: FREE

The shapes you draw are automatically closed and straightened, all primitive shapes are instantly recognised . The lines you draw between shapes are automatically turned into connections thanks to our shape recognition algorithms. Some diagrams require more advanced objects.

Venn Master: $2.99 AU

The Venn Master helps graphically solve counting problems involving two or three sets by constructing a Venn diagram for you. Enter all of the known information and the Venn Master will calculate the diagram. If the information is inconsistent, the Venn Master will indicate the problem is not solvable.

Ultimate list of Minecraft Guides, Cheats and Video Tutorial Apps

Minecraft continues to give students a voice in their own education. Minecraft is almost perfect for presenting cross curricula projects and the idea that many students direct their own learning in the environment means that it can be a powerful tool in many teacher’s toolbox. Students previously disengaged from education have often turned around their love to discover and create and in the process been valued for their particular set of skills. So if you have some little miners in your class here are a bunch of guides, cheats and how-to tutorials apps.

Ultimate Builder Guide for Minecraft: FREE
Take your Minecraft experience to the next level with this amazing new app dedicated to helping you build new exciting creations. Your one stop shop for Minecraft creations comes with walkthroughs for many different things to build. Build a new house from scratch in minutes. Very easy to use and quick to learn.

MineGuide Pro for Minecraft: FREE
This Minecraft guide from the makers of Skins Pro Creator comes the ultimate guide for Minecraft. Crafting recipes, mobs, items, wiki information, achievements, potions and more! What’s best is that it updates live online so you don’t have to wait for a new version of the app when Minecraft updates.

Crafted: Cheatsheet for Minecraft: FREE
Same great app, new name! Presents all the latest recipes and tips. Including dozens of recipes, including a comprehensive list of potion recipes and ingredients as well as a list of monsters in Minecraft and tips/tricks for defeating them. It also contains Item Codes and enchanting guide and reference.

MC Pro: Blueprints, Guides Storytime and more for Minecraft: FREE
MCPro has tons of 3D blueprints with 2D view and First Person support for you to better enjoy Minecraft; Build impressive structures and enrich your world with interesting designs created by the community. Also includes crafting, blocks, items, mobs, enchanting, smelting, trading, etc., and fanfiction stories! Previously known as Minecraft Pro.

Furniture Pro for Minecraft: FREE
150 furniture and other items to fill your home in Minecraft. Web updates as well as Builder quiz to test your knowledge. Plus, a bookmarking system so you can save your favourite items for further study. If you like what you see, upgrade to the full guide quickly and easily.

Ultimate Seeds: Minecraft Edition: FREE
The seeds are constantly updated with complete with screenshots, points of interest, seed ID, and other important information. Explore our seeds to discover stunning environments with breathtaking waterfalls, secret caves, and hidden dungeons! This app will be your one-stop resource for finding the best seeds!

ADV Guide for Minecraft: $0.99 AU
ADV Guide for Minecraft is a comprehensive thesaurus for all your Minecraft crafting needs. Craft more than 230 items right away without getting the sense of being lost. Are you a server admin? Don’t swallow that whole periodic chart of blocks! Reference item ID’s instantly anytime you need to generate them.

iEnchant – The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft $0.99 AU
iEnchant is the FIRST and ONLY app to assist you in getting a certain enchantment in Minecraft. Don’t waste your time by gathering TONS of experience points, just to be disappointed by getting an enchantment you don’t want. iEnchant will help you get exactly what you want.

Complete Guide for Minecraft: $0.99 AU
Minecraft Guide is the app for any Minecraft player. This app includes all the basic information for all Minecraft players. Includes recipes for ALL Potions as well as a map for all the trading with villagers. You can find how to craft every item and their information.

Cheats and Tutorials for Minecraft: $0.99 AU
Get the ultimate guide to Minecraft! From beginners to redstone! The Furniture Guide now included FREE as is the Advanced Video Tutorials. Also includes Redstone guides, tutorials and a guide for your first night in Minecraft!

Mineology -The Minecraft Bible: $0.99 AU
What you have here is the one and only companion you need to guide you through the world of Minecraft! Includes chapters titled The Book of Blocks, The Book of Items, Minecraft Clock. All chapters have extensive screenshots.

Tips and Cheats for the Minecraft Pocket Edition: $1.99 AU
As the quintessential crafting crawler mobile game, Minecraft Pocket Edition is very popular all around the world. Minecraft Guide for Pocket Edition collects all the tips and cheats from millions of users to help you play it best!

Guide PRO for Minecraft: $1.99 AU
Downloaded Minecraft, what do you do? The answer is simple, download the this app so we can help you out! Includes complete furniture guide with over 75 Items and over 20 furniture videos. Most reliable seeds with pictures and background pictures.

Advanced Video Tutorials Minecraft: $1.99 AU
Become a Minecraft Expert with these step-by-step advanced video tutorials! Step-by-step video tutorials on the most advanced Minecraft topics. Redstone tutorials tab with screenshots for every tutorial. Universally designed for iDevices. Well-organized for on-the-go access.

Teaching Kids about Nutrition

Education about nutrition is an important part of any school curriculum. This is especially true when you have a look at the propensity of fast food meals that kids eat and the corresponding obesity rates. The obvious goal is to help children understand the importance of having a healthy diet and to provide information for them to develop healthy eating habits. Here are a couple of apps to at least get kids involved in this conversation.

Nicholas’s Garden: FREE
In Nicolas’ Garden, it’s all about making healthy cooking, eating, and shopping fun and empowering for kids ages 5 to 15 while teaching them important independent living and lifestyle skills. Nicolas’ mobile app helps in the quest to teach their kids to be healthy choosers, and more informed about food.

My Nutrition: FREE
My Nutrition was created in order to make eating healthy easier. Rather than relying on calorie counters, food indexes, and other health and nutrition apps, The most complete, most comprehensive Nutritional app on the market. Best of all, it�s designed with your health in mind!

Eat-and-Move-o-matic: FREE
Learn about the foods you eat and how they help fuel your body for your favourite activities. Make new discoveries about your favourite foods and get interesting tips on how small changes can make big differences. Encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating: FREE
Nutrition and Healthy Eating will get your child ready for school with these fun science learning games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten! Through 3 fun educational games, your child will learn different foods, how to eat healthy, and how to create a delicious and balanced meal for the penguin�s birthday party!!/id581946034?mt=8

Awesome Eats: FREE
Sort, stack, pack and plate a rainbow of fresh-from-the-garden foods! And now recycle items after lunch! Be on the lookout for thieving birds and tap to shoo them away for extra points. You and your kids will unlock hours of challenging game play and get loads of healthy eating tips along the way.

Food Switch: FREE
Use FoodSwitch for healthy grocery shopping and make better food choices. FoodSwitch now comes with a new GlutenSwitch, and it even helps you find healthier, gluten-free choices. FoodSwitch also comes with a SaltSwitch feature to especially help people looking to lower their salt intake.

Fast Food Calorie Counter: $0.99 AU
Trying to reconcile your diet with your love for fast food? Whether you are on a fitness plan and counting calories, carbs, fibre, or fat grams, this helpful guide will empower you to make better choices  Fast Food Calorie Counter is always on your mobile device for when you need it.

Food Advisor: $0.99 AU
Food Advisor helps you quickly find food based on your nutritional requirement. For example, if you want food, in the category of fast food, that is high in protein, but low in fat and cholesterol, Food Advisor will list the food items for you. Quick and easy search. Thousands of food items based on USDA data. Complete and accurate nutrient data for each food item.

Healthy Heroes – Nutrition for kids: $2.99 AU
Yogopolis is in trouble, and it needs your knowledge of nutritious foods to save it! Hungry monsters have come to destroy the city, and the only way to satisfy their appetites is by feeding them fruits and vegetables. Are you up for the food-chomping challenge?

Foodle: $3.99 AU
Foodle designed for iOS 7 is nutrition at your fingertips! Find nutrition facts on over 8,000 foods complete with all vitamins and minerals. How much sugar is in an apple? How much potassium is in a banana? Discover nutrition facts on fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs and more! This would be a great app for a teacher.

Can the Maker Movement be Virtual ?

Not all students have a significant adult with the appropriate skills or a shed full of tools to have our own Maker Space. Can the idea of a Maker Space be started in a virtual environment. Could the iPad provide the opportunity to gets kids tinkering – at least enough to see if they really want to explore the notions of becoming a maker. These apps are not a replacement experience for the real maker concept but rather an initial alternative for kids who can not find a maker co-op near them.

Maker Faire – The Official App: FREE
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth�a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, This app helps you discover Maker Faire exhibits and presentations.

How To: FREE
Find inspiration and discover a community for DIY, making, and upcycling. How. Do is the place where high-tech meets old-school crafts. Capture your very own Micro Guide. Just take a picture or video, record your voice with instructions and share to Pinterest, Tumblr or Facebook to showcase your skills.

123D Catch: FREE
Use your camera to capture the people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D experiences. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Then turn your photos into realistic 3D models by taking a series of photographs from different angles.

Introducing 123D Make Intro!: FREE
123D Make lets you turn 3D models into 2D build plans with assembly instructions. Simply draw a profile curve and 123D Make will automatically turn it into a revolved construction. Print, save and share your 2D build plans to construct your creation out of standard corrugated cardboard.

Gamepress: FREE
A game creation app that allows anyone to make the games of their imaginations with no programming or graphic design. Whether you have a story to tell, a topic to teach, or just want to play a game, GamePress allows you to create, share, and play right on your iPad. GamePress is fun, creative, and entertaining.

All projects need resources – your crazy little hobby or finding the cure for cancer. Your power drill, a few hours of your time or an unused particle accelerator can help a curious mind discover something that will change the world. makerSQR brings together people and projects to create new knowledge.

Circuit Playground: $2.99 AU
Simplifies electronic calculations so you can have more fun hacking, making and building your projects. Calculate component values as well as decipher resistor and capacitor codes. Quickly convert between decimal, hexadecimal, binary or ASCII and create pinout diagrams for ICs, connectors and boards.

SnapGuide: FREE
Snapguide is a simple way to share and view step-by-step how to guides. Discover new things to cook, build, wear, play and more. Create your own guides and share what you love making with your friends on social media. Discuss your interests with other people who share your passions.

Building Parallel Circuits: $0.99 AU
Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols, you will build simple parallel circuits by using wires, batteries, switches, and light bulbs. By constructing a closed circuit with two light bulbs, you will develop a deeper understanding of series and parallel circuits. This is a great opportunity to learn about basic electrical circuits. Enjoy!

Simple Rockets: $1.99 AU
Design your own rocket ships. See if you have what it takes to be a rocket scientist. Choose and connect different parts to build rocket ships. Built in challenges to compete with others to see who can go the fastest, fly farthest, orbit with least amount of fuel, land on the moon, and so much more.

The Crankamacllit: $2.99 AU
The Crankamacallit is a children�s story about building an imaginary vehicle. Kids are mesmerised by the step-by-step process of the Crankamacallit�s creation and feel like active participants as they make discoveries, panoramas and play with the drawing tool A highly interactive iPad apps for kids?

Monster Physics: $0.99 AU
A unique building app that lets you build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Build intricate, working contraptions with over 68 different parts including wheels, rockets, propellers, cannons and wings. Choose different materials – metal, wood, plastic orrubber

Can I draw music?

Can you draw music? I read a fantastic blog post the other day from @MarkShillitoe on his Learning Freewheel Blog about getting people to explore the potential of redefining tasks on the iPad. The example he used was drawing music. This is such an innovative professional development concept – I love it. Make sure you read his blog post to get a more detailed description of his process.

Mark used an App called Singing Finger HD but it is only one of many apps that allow students to explore the relationship between the nature of a line, it’s length, thickness and movement and that of music and sounds. I love the fact that students get to see and feel a physical link between their marks and the sounds that are produced. Great job Mark! This is definitely a guy to follow.

Singing Fingers: FREE
Singing Fingers lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Play back the sound again! Paint with your own musical instrument or with your voice. Singing Fingers comes with help screens to get you started, examples to inspire you, and the ability to save and load your creations.

Paint the Music: FREE
Have you ever thought of painting music? Sounds weird? No, not any more. Paint The Music is for everyone who want to create music, but doesn�t have the skills of playing a musical instruments. You just paint and it transforms into music. Create your own pieces of art and have fun.

Tune Trace: FREE
Make drawings in the real world and hear them transformed into music. Any drawing can generate live music. Watch as Tunetrace gradually translates your photograph into a skeleton of line endings and crossings. Twinkling lights obey a few very simple rules to navigate your drawing, making music as they go.

Hue Tunes: FREE
There are plenty of drawing apps. There are plenty of music apps. This is the first ever app that lets you make music from what you draw. You’re a conductor with a paintbrush, an artist painting with a baton. It’s an App-Age artistic medium and a mesmerizing new form of entertainment.

Doodle Sounds: FREE
Paint tool with sounds for iPad. When you draw, funny sounds will sound. Children love it! If you want to use this app without Advertisement, please download “Peke Paint Plus for iPad”. And if you want to use this app with iPhone, download “Peke Paint” or “Peke Paint Plus”.

Draw Music Lite: FREE
Draw Music with your fingers. It is amazing that you can see what you play. This is an extraordinary experience and the sound of your drawing is really relaxing. Touch, touch and swipe or vibrate your finger, in addition to this try write your name and listen the voice of your name.

Squiggle: $0.99 AU
Draw music! Can you really draw music? Draw some lines and play them as strings. Turn your iPhone and iPad into a colourful instrument. Draw straight lines or play music from the lines and combinations of the lines on your screen. Edit your music by removing lines, cutting straight through them. Shake to play tremolo. Enjoy!

Finger Music: $0.99 AU
Draw a song and hear the notes play as you draw! Be creative and make a great drawing or a beautiful song. Click the Books to create as many different songs as you like. Try playing this 2-player game: one person draws something and plays it so that the other person can hear. Then create a new song and have the other person try to replicate it!

Soundrawing: $0.99 AU
Explore sounds through the act of drawing. Record and playback your drawings, turning them into animations with original sound tracks. Record your own sounds and assign them to various zones of the screen. As you draw in the zones, their associated sounds play following the movements of your finger.

SounDraw: $0.99 AU
Soundraw let’s you draw sound. Using the touch screen the app allows you to capture your touch into beautiful sound. The graduation of sound is directly related to the pressure and movement of your finger. Create clean, crisp sounds on your iPad with your artistic fingers. This is a great iPad experience.

Melodala HD: $2.99 AU
A fun drawing app with a musical twist, as your symmetrical picture grows, so does the music. For each new brush you choose there’s a new layer of sound to go with it. Pictures are always individual. Designed for everyone from ages 2-102! Cool Funky Patterns-Save, Email, Print. Relaxing, Meditative, Creative.

Musical Paint Pro: $2.99 AU
Musical Paint Pro provides an engaging multi-sensory experience for all ages. Move your finger around the screen to “paint” musical tones. Create audio-visual compositions that you can save and play! A sophisticated app with additional features and no animated characters.

Finger Paint with Sound: FREE
Explore touch with colour, sounds or music. Finger Paint with Sounds offers a fun alternative to help children with special needs and others to practice their first interactions with a touch screen. Simply choose a colour and draw with music, fun sound effects or no sound at all.

Musyc: FREE
Musyc turns touch into music. Draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen. Enjoy the 64 instruments exclusively created and produced at Fingerlab music studio as well as all the exciting and new physical and music tools provided in Musyc.

Creating Poetry on your iPad

Poetry is one of the arts that many students struggle with. I always found that providing a initial successful learning experience was the best way to instil both confidence and foster engagement with my students. Here are a bunch of apps that would allow a student to get their teeth into writing some poetry and for those that struggle an opportunity to see just what they are capable of.

Word Mover: FREE
Word Mover mobile is used to supplement classroom instruction, reinforce concepts taught in class, and offer increased student engagement. Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; create a piece of poetry by manipulating the text.

Visual Poet: FREE
Visual Poet is an application for creating visual poetry. With Visual Poet, the user can combine imagery and text to author compelling mixed media works of art and publish them to the internet. Create 3 panel visual poems using Google images or from your own photo library and then email your work.

Poetry Creator: FREE
Set your creativity ablaze with Verses’s word mixing possibilities. After creating a poem out of your own personal mix of dictionaries, you can send your creation to friends via email. Arranging words into your own poetry is much easier and smoother (and thus more enjoyable) using Verses.

Instant Poetry HD: $1.99 AU
Have fun creating your own beautiful, passionate, and romantic poetry, with your own pictures as backgrounds! Tap a button to pop up some words, and then drag them around the screen to create your masterpiece. Send your creations to your friends to make them smile!

Verses: $1.99 AU
A neat and tidy app for creating poetry. Save poems and lyric ideas before you forget them. Use the built-in rhyming dictionary as you’re writing to lookup rhymes, near rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, related words, and similar-sounding words. Tweet your poems and lyrics

Poetics: $1.99 AU
Poetics is a visual poetry app that combines moveable text with photographic imagery, merging your journal, camera and pen into one. Take a picture and write a poem. At the touch of a finger, words playfully collide and interact, giving a physical feeling as you scale, rotate, lift and drop in creative process.

Rhyme Now: $1.99 AU
Writing a poem? Need to find exactly the right word? Then RhymeNow is the tool for you. With RhymeNow you can quickly find rhymes from a database of 55,000 English words, organized by syllable count or word usage frequency. Look up words that begin with, end with, or contain a group of letters.

Visual Poetry: $1.99 AU
This app is really about display your poetry once you have written it. Make beautiful text collages with Visual Poetry. Type your text or phrase and watch it instantly arranged as a mosaic in a variety of shapes and styles. 24 symbols are included or you can draw you own shapes. Pinch and drag to resize and rotate individual words.

PortaPoet: $1.99 AU
PortaPoet will help you to write and share poems, challenge others to rap battles, collaborate with others to write poems and more! Use PortaPoet to write poems and share them on social media. Engage in rap battles, or collaborate with others to write poems.

Little Poets: FREE
Children have fun while improving their use of language – discovering adjectives, rhyming words, reciting, writing own poems and memorizing beautiful poems that will enrich their lives forever. Designed by education experts to further children�s understanding of reading and literacy. 4-6 year-olds.

iPad Picture Dictionaries

Picture Dictionaries are useful in a number of different educational situations. Many toddlers learn to identify and pronounce words using Picture Dictionaries and older students learning English can often start to identify objects with picture dictionaries. The beauty of using the iPad with picture dictionaries is that they do not need to rely on other people for the pronunciation. Tap the picture and it is pronounced for you. Here are a some that you might find useful.

Kids Picture Dictionary: FREE
One of the most comprehensive Kids Picture Dictionary App on Appstore! Download this A to Z Picture Dictionary with hundreds or words and sentences with a fun self-record tool for kids and parents to record their own voice and playback! Kids tested – they love it! Parents tested – they love it!

TJ’s Picture Dictionary: $0.99 AU
Picture Dictionary is a versatile app for preschoolers. It is designed to enhance comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation. All content is specifically designed around standard preschool curriculum. It is effective for native English speakers, English Language Learners and learners with special needs.

Alphabet Picture Dictionary: FREE
An app to learn english words. Tap the word to hear it spoken aloud. Swipe through over 500 words each accompanied by colourful pictures. The simple controls and easy navigation make it fun for kids. Accompanying colourful images and fantastic sound quality make it a great learning tool for Preschooler.

Giant Picture Dictionary: FREE
The giant picture dictionary has been developed to meet the long-felt need for a simple attractive and interactive dictionary for children. Designed for a child to use by themself, it is easy to operate, read and understand. Easy to browse interface with simple touch gestures keep the kids interested.

Picture Dictionary – My House: FREE
Picture Dictionary – designed for your pre-school children to explore and learn about objects around the house. Each of the scenes feature illustrations, picture highlighting, and item names. Switch on multilingual mode and learn the name of the objects in 2 other languages (English, Malay, Mandarin)

Kids Picture Dictionary: FREE
Kid’s Dictionary is a useful app, not only is it a dictionary but also doubles as flash cards. The Dictionary provides a series of rich vocabularies, each word supported by pictures and pronunciation. The features include standard pronunciation and beautiful pictures can assist you understand the words.

Picture Dictionary: $1.99 AU
Picture Dictionary is a fun and educational app for all ages. Over 2,000 words, people, phrases, definitons, pronunciations, pictures and audio. Topics like History, Science and English. Seeing and hearing with picture association is a great way to learn. Challenge yourself or play against family and friends.

Children’s Picture Dictionary: $2.99 AU
If a picture is worth a thousand words, there’s no better way for kids to build their vocabulary than with Children’s Picture Dictionary! Tap the word to hear it spoken aloud, then tap the picture to hear it used in a sentence. Switch to Game mode and practice what you’ve learned with a fun matching puzzle.

My Fun Dictionary: $2.99 AU
My Fun Dictionary has been compiled with the aim of making learning both stimulating and fun for children. By clicking the word, kids can hear the words correctly. Simple example sentences are given to illustrate the usage of words and also to give the child a feeling of some basic grammar knowledge.

Talking Picture Board: $1.99 AU
A simple picture board for children containing over 800 pictures organized in 40 categories such as animals, people, food, toys, feelings, family, etc. The names of the pictures are spoken when pictures are clicked. The pictures can be saved  for later study or for use to form pictorial sentences.

Apps for Researching the Rainforest

The Rainforest as a topic gives students so many choices; endangered fauna and flora, changing eco-systems, deforestation, medicinal herbs, native title or sustainability. Rainforests also provide a good analogy for what is happening with the rest of the planet. If students become aware of the impact that man has on the environment we may be able to get them to tread more lightly within their own environment. Here are some great apps to assist in the research of rainforest habitats.

Taronga Zoo Rainforest Heroes: FREE
Experience Taronga Zoo’s Asia rainforest trail. Create a PDF field report using photographs you have taken, observations you have made and information you have collected. Email this report to yourself, your friends or your teacher. Can you solve the mystery of ‘Real Heroes’ on this Taronga Zoo – Rainforest Heroes?

Taronga Zoo Wild Australia: FREE
Discover the diversity and uniqueness of Australia�s wildlife. Explore the fascinating Wild Australia trails at Taronga Zoo. Create your own PDF posters using the photographs you take, observations you make and information you collect and then email the posters to yourself, your friends or your teacher. ??

Pepi Tree: $1.99 AU
Pepi Tree is an educational game focusing on a tree as an eco-system or – using simpler words – a home for different animals. Children get to know many facts about them: what they look like, what they eat and where exactly they live – in the branches, on the leaves or under the ground, when they sleep and more.

Wilder Quest – Nature Discovery: FREE
Ever wondered about the mysteries of Australia�s subtropical rainforests? Take a peak inside a virtual ecosystem and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of our natural landscape. Track down critters including the Spotted-tailed Quoll or the Land Mullet and create your very own photo album!

Britannica Kids: Rainforest:
Explore the world�s rainforests and the unique animals, plants and people which inhabit them in this latest addition to the Britannica Kids series. Explore the earth�s rainforests through a wealth of amazing images (which you can e-mail to friends!) videos and informative articles.

Amazon Rainforest Discovery: $1.99 AU
Five different worlds of animals, from crocodiles and dolphins, to chameleons, hummingbirds, jaguars and toucans. Diversity is everywhere! Teaching children interesting facts about each animal and helping them learn something new.

Wildlife Detective: FREE
Play Wildlife Detective protecting animals in the forest. Forests NSW harvests trees but before they do foresters check for all kinds of animals. Foresters take care to protect any rare and endangered species. Look for animal clues such as feathers and burrows that tell them what animals might be living there.

Rainforest Survival Challenge: $0.99 AU
Take the ultimate challenge and learn about rainforest conservation! Help your animals and plants survive in the Amazon with this app designed to challenge and educate children. Learn about the interconnections between the species that call the Amazon home one of the most delicate ecosystems on Earth.

Deep in the Rainforest: $1.99 AU
Your children will learn about the Amazon Rainforest through fun and games by traveling with Amanda. The journey begins when Amanda meets a native boy, Yapariwa, who is looking for his lost brother Atu. As they walk through the rainforest they will discover interesting facts about animals and learn important values of diversity and respect.

Amazing Rainforest: $0.99 AU
This enchanting app captivates a young reader with 17 informative videos on exotic animals from the mysterious rainforests of Asia and South America. It is designed to help a child to acquire knowledge on these animals using the documentary videos, 100s of fun facts and picture galleries.

Making and not just reading QR Codes

I saw a couple of great images yesterday on Twitter where a teacher was using QR Codes to share book reviews in one corner of the room and biographies of famous people from history in another. I know a lot of people are doing this but it was the combination that got me thinking about the ability of the students to generate their own QR Codes. I think they would love the opportunity to QR Code their work, their assignments or even a link to their next video. Here are a couple of apps that would let students create their own QR Codes – some allow the integration of images and coloured QR codes while others are more basic but free for students to download.

Generate Colorful QR Code: $1.99 AU
Generate Colorful QR-code of any photo or image that you select. This would be super cool in my art class but would work equally well in any subject area. Imagine using the kids photos as QR codes for their assignments. I can’t wait to give this to students to see how else they will use it.

Kiasu QR Photo Tag Generator: FREE
QR code with your own Photo with Sharing capabilities? KIASU QR is invented to redefine QR experience! It is a QR-Photo Tag Creator! You can use it as QR code scanner or reader too! Snap, encode, select and share – that easy.

Microsoft Tag: FREE

No need to type long URLs simply scan a 2D barcode wherever you see one. Tag recognition technology transforms traditional marketing, such as print advertising, billboards, packaging and LCD displays, into live links that immediately access info, videos and other materials online.

Fancy QR Code Generator: FREE
QR Codes were cool but the problem is that they are all boring and anonymous. Make you QR code stand out from the crowd using colors and images! With this amazing app you can finally make them YOURS by using your logo or other image you like, or just pick on elf the different colors!

EmbedCodes: FREE
EmbedCodes is a simple utility that allows embedding and decoding of QR codes inside photos. With embed codes you can create your own QR code with customized color, embed it into a photo and save it to your device. From there you can share it via email, text and more.

QR Reader – Scan Create and Read with Logo: $0.99 AU
Just point at the code you want to scan and give it a few seconds. The code will automatically be recognized and scanned. Right, no button needs to be pushed, nothing. I doesn’t matter what code you are scanning, QR Reader will recongnize it, be it QR, EAN, standard barcode or other formats.

Quargo: FREE
Quargo uses augmented reality to achieve their goal. The codes used are QR codes but they can be personalized to allow you to create your own, unique codes. AR is then used to bring the codes to life and allow you, the user, to mix the virtual with the real world.

QR Code Maker: FREE
QR Code Maker creates and scans QR codes. Create and than save to your photo library so you could use it! It’s great if you want to promote a product through posters or website. Create SMS codes, Phone number codes, normal text codes, and websites links.

Bar/QR Code Maker:
Make, share and print QR codes in a single app. There are lots of programs that read barcodes and QR codes but nobody allows you to generate both in one app! The codes created are stored for reuse whenever you want. You can create QR code lengths up to 4296 characters and bar codes with text.

Quick QR Code Reader/Maker: FREE
The quickest and most efficient QR Code reader and creator. Now with this quick QR Code scanner and generator, you can easily and quickly discover the magic of QR code. Besides scanning and reading, you can also create your own QR code, share them through email or microblog.